Rangers Winterball Roundup – 10/15

Alberto had a hit and an RBI

Shortstop Hanser Alberto provided a single and a run batted in for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League on Monday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise 4 – Scottsdale 0
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Two Rangers prospects played a part in Surprise's 4-0 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions on Monday. Shortstop Hanser Alberto, who batted ninth, had a single and an RBI in three at-bats. Cleanup-hitting first baseman Chris McGuiness was 0-for-3 but reached on a hit-by pitch.



Dominican Winter League


There were no games in the Dominican Republic on Monday.



Venezuelan Winter League


The LVBP was also dark on Monday.



Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)


Magallanes youngster Elio Castillo came on as a pinch-runner before finishing the game at third base. In three plate appearances, he went 0-for-2 with a base on balls.

Three of the schedule games in Liga Paralela on Monday were suspended––presumably due to weather.



Mexican Pacific League


The Mexican Pacific League took Monday off.



World Baseball Classic Qualifiers


Qualification for the 2013 World Baseball Classic began on September 19, when two of the four qualifying round groups were played. Spain and Canada each won their respective group and earned a spot in next year's Classic.

The Spanish and Canadian squads each feature one Rangers prospect. For Spain, it's outfielder Engel Beltre, who was actually born in the Dominican Republic and lived in the United States for a period while growing up. Regardless, Beltre is eligible to play for the Spanish side. Playing as the club's leadoff hitter and centerfielder, the 22-year-old prospect went 6-for-16 (.375) with a triple in four games. He also drew four walks, was hit by a pitch, and stole three bases.

Rangers catching prospect Kellin Deglan is the youngest player on Team Canada's squad by two and a half years. Working as the club's backup catcher, Deglan appeared in one game as a defensive replacement but didn't get a plate appearance.

Left-handed pitcher Richard Bleier made two appearances for Israel, who finished as runners-up to Spain in Qualifier 1. Bleier tossed one hitless, scoreless inning between the two games, working around a pair of walks.

In other international baseball news involving Rangers prospects, infielder Nick Urbanus recently competed in the 2012 European Baseball Championship. Although Urbanus played well, his Dutch side fell to Italy in the title game. But over nine games, Urbanus was 11-for-28 (.393) at the plate with a double, two triples, three walks, and eight runs batted in. He saw time at second base, shortstop, and third base during the tournament.



Puerto Rican Winter League


Begins November 8.



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